Once you become a Bromley and Gaines client you never need to worry about planning permission again as we can take care of the entire process for you. This will certainly make life a lot easier for you, especially as the rigmarole of applying for planning permission can be a bit tricky for those unfamiliar with the procedures. It is important to remember however, that most kinds of building work cannot be commenced without the approval of your local authority. Planning permission, nevertheless, is a requirement that is in place to protect you as well as those that live nearby as neighbours.
All we ask by way of involvement is for you to check the details outlined on the planning application when necessary and add your signature to the official forms. Apart from that, we will do the rest on your behalf as part of the service we provide.
Applying for planning permission
Of course, if you would prefer to apply for planning permission yourself, there is nothing to stop you. However, prior to proceeding, please be warned, by choosing the ‘do-it-yourself route’ can run the risk of making mistakes that could delay the process – or at worst – result in your planning permission being refused. Should you still prefer to deal with the application yourself, below are a few points of information that may prove helpful.
Before drawing up an application, your Local Planning Authority (LPA) will probably suggest a site visit by their planning officer to discuss your proposal. Be aware that some local authorities do charge for this service.
The website – The Planning Portal – offers useful advice on how to make your application and also provides the facility to submit an online application.
The advantages of this are:
o It will inform you of local requirements peculiar to your Local Authority
o It will reduce the chance of having your applications ruled invalid
o It will give you an understanding of local planning policies and requirements
The planning officer will expect you to provide a complete outline of your project and, if possible, show any plans you may have.
The meeting with the planning officer is useful as it will allow you to ascertain:
Whether your application has a likelihood of being approved
And … whether you need to investigate possible issues to access & services that may arise from your plan
Obtaining planning permission can be quite a tiresome and involved procedure, but hopefully with the help of online information and what we have outlined, will allow you to make an educated choice whether to apply yourself – or allow Bromley & Gaines to take the weight off your shoulders by applying on your behalf.
Part of the service we provide to our clients is to help remove the stress elements from their building projects. If you’d like to discuss your needs with Bromley & Gaines, please call us at 01280 830050.